The University of Akron’s gap procedure allows an admitted student to delay their admission for one semester or one year. This procedure grants applicants the flexibility to take advantage of unique opportunities that will enrich the community once the applicant is on campus or allows delay of enrollment for documented reasons (see "Eligibility" below).
A student who is approved to take a gap semester/year does not need to submit a new application to Undergraduate Admissions as long as he or she enrolls at UA no later than one year after the original application term. However, students who have changes to their application information (enrollment at another school, felony or disciplinary issues at another school, etc.) must contact Undergraduate Admissions to update their information, and may be required to reapply.
Failure to follow the guidelines established in this procedure can result in the loss of freshman status, scholarships or admission to The University of Akron.
Freshman applicants who are admitted to spring/fall semester and have confirmed their enrollment are eligible to request a gap semester/year. A gap semester/year is granted from spring/fall semester of one year to the spring/fall semester of the following year.
Students can request a gap semester/year for one or more of the following reasons:
Students cannot take a gap semester/year to enroll in another college or university or to participate in a program that earns college credit.
Once a gap semester/year request form has been submitted and reviewed, the student will be notified by email within two weeks if it has been accepted.
If students are approved to take a gap semester/year, Admissions will email to confirm the intention to enroll in the following spring/fall semester. We'll use the address provided on the application. Students must confirm their enrollment prior to the new term of admission.
Upon enrollment for the spring/fall semester, students will retain their freshman admission status.
Students must submit a new FAFSA prior to their new term of enrollment.
For a gap semester
For a gap year
Exemptions or exclusions from the on-campus housing policy must be approved by the Department of Residence Life and Housing.